Report: iPad Mini production has begun

Apple is apparently already stockpiling its new smaller version of the iPad.

The latest iteration of the company’s tablet family has not even been officially announced, but according to the Wall Street Journal, several factories in Asia are already mass producing the device.

It was recently reported that Apple plans to officially unveil the 8-inch iPad Mini on October 17 in San Francisco. It’s believed the tablet will go on sale in late October, with the date October 26 being reported as the likely launch date candidate.

It would by all accounts be an answer to the growing popularity of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. Analysts are looking to the Amazon device as the potential iPad killer that we’ve all been waiting for since last year.

Amazon was able to turn the world on its head with the Kindle, and it seems as though it is already making good on its plans to do the same to tablets with the Kindle Fire.

According to the report, the miniature iPad will have a 7.85-inch display, making it slightly larger than a Kindle Fire but not incredibly so.

The resolution is apparently 1024 x 768 and it would be capable of playing all the same apps that anyone can access on the iPad or iPad 2.

Obviously, apps that utilize the new iPad’s Retina Display technology would not be compatible. And thus opens what could be the biggest problem with launching an iPad mini.